BEND, OR -- Police have a suspect in custody, in connection with one of two recent armed robberies at Bend hotels. After the Super 8 motel was robbed at gunpoint early Monday morning, Investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies worked to identify 32-year-old Scott Sullivan from surveillance footage. A second suspect seen on the tape has not yet been identified and is only described as a person in their 30s wearing dark clothing. Sullivan was arrested Monday night.
The investigation led detectives to the Bend Shilo Inn, where they executed a search warrant and found evidence related to the robbery. Bend Police have not yet connected the Super 8 case to a similar armed robbery that occurred at the Days Inn, just 24 hours earlier
. "Our detectives are working on it now. We actually brought in extra officers on overtime; we’ve formed a mini task force and, right now, they’re going after all the leads they have," Bend Police Chief Jim Porter tells KBND News.
While it's uncommon to have two similar armed robberies so close together in both time and geographic location, Chief Porter says, "It’s not unusual to have robberies at hotels late in the evening. After a certain hour, they are very low traffic area - as opposed to, like, a 7-eleven that stays busy all night. The last thing you want to do, as a robber, is to have someone walk in in the middle of your robbery. So, it’s really not that uncommon to have hotel robberies."
Chief Porter says there's no indication the two hotel robberies are connected to an armed robbery Saturday at an apartment near Central Oregon Community College. Two teens are charged with Attempted Murder in that case, which sent a 16-year-old victim to the hospital with gunshot wounds.